News Release
May 24, 2006

Hartford Man Indicted for Crack Distribution
Federal charge is first to result from new “Weed and Seed” efforts

June W. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in New England and Kevin J. O’Connor, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven today returned an Indictment charging DARNELL TILLMAN, age 18, of 57 Cabot Street, Hartford, with one count of possession with the intent to distribute more than five grams of cocaine base (“crack” cocaine).

If convicted of this offense, HARRIS faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of five years, a maximum term of 40 years and a fine of up to $2,000,000.

This felony charge stems from the Department of Justice’s “Weed and Seed” initiative in Hartford. Weed and Seed is a two-pronged strategy that aims to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, drug abuse, and gang activity in targeted neighborhoods across the country. The strategy incorporates law enforcement agencies and prosecutors who cooperate in “weeding out” criminal activity from the community and then “seeding” the community by bringing human services to the area that encompass prevention, intervention, treatment, and neighborhood revitalization.

The “weeding” side of the Hartford Weed and Seed effort is a collaborative effort that includes representatives of the Hartford Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office, the State’s Attorneys’ Office and the Bureau of Juvenile Justice. Representatives from these agencies and departments have been working to identify an effective means of reducing violent crime in the Upper Albany/Clay Arsenal Neighborhoods.

U.S. Attorney O’Connor stressed that an indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is entitled to a fair trial at which it is the Government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

This case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hartford Police Department.